(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - House Republicans used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform.
Organization Day is usually a largely ceremonial affair, with members being sworn in and little business taking place, but today's session had more substance than usual, with the introduction of legislation dealing with the property tax crisis.
"Fixing our broken tax system is the no. 1 priority this session, and today we began moving forward," said state Rep. Randy Borror (R-Fort Wayne). "Hoosier homeowners deserve a constructive, comprehensive and permanent reform plan, which the governor's initiative will provide.
"As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I will begin working with my colleagues right away to finalize the governor's property tax plan. This will enable us to speed up the process so when we return in January, immediate action can be taken. The Ways and Means Committee will conduct two supplementary meetings on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, prior to the beginning of the legislative session."
House Republicans are prepared for this challenge with an open-minded approach and a commitment to bipartisan support. We understand that Hoosier taxpayers are tired of time-consuming and expensive one-time fixes. They want the General Assembly to find a fair solution that is lasting, and our team is committed to doing just that.